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life financially and -- >> larry: took all of your money? >> he's in jail. >> larry: you have to work? >> in a way, i do, yeah. and maybe that's good. you know? >> larry: al, an honor to have you here. >> it's an for to be here. congratulations on everything. >> larry: al pacino. thanks for watching everyone. tonight breaking news. president obama laying out a deal with republicans on taxes and jobless benefits and takes heat from fellow democrats. will they go along with him in the end and which will americans care for about? that he gave up on a campaign pledge to roll back tax cuts for the rich? or he's trying to keep his other promise to reach across the aisle. we're "keeping them honest." elizabeth edwards, breaking news. stopping her treatment for advanced breast cancer. the latest on that tonight and
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how she's coping. hers strained husband john edwards at her side. we'll talk to sanjay gupta about that. and later in "crime and punishment," a 14-year-old boy who has killed four people. a hitman for a mexican drug cartel. we'll show you how he was recruited at age 12. and how the cartel turns the boys into killers until the boys say the killing itself becomes a high. we begin with breaking news on your taxes or if you've been laid off your jobless benefits. with the deal president obama struck with republicans on both and the backlash to it inside his party, mr. obama agreeing to extend bush era tax cuts for all americans even the wealthiest which he vowed in the campaign not to in return getting a payroll tax cut and 13 more months of jobless benefits helping the working and middle class. the president signaled reluctantly he traded one pillar on his campaign, to preserve another, his pledge to get beyond partisan squabbling.
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>> i know there's some people in my party and the other party who would rather prolong this battle fine we can't reach a compromise. i'm not willing to let working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in washington and i'm not willing to let our economy slip backwards just as we're pulling ourselves out of this devastating recession. i'm not willing to see 2 million americans who stand to lose their unemployment insurance at the end of this month be put in a situation where they might lose their home, their car, or suffer some additional economic catastrophe. so sympathetic as i am to those who prefer a fight over compromise, as much as the political wisdom may dictate fighting over solving problems, it would be the wrong thing to do. >> president obama tonight clearly trying to put his move in best possible light. "keeping them honest," this is a complete abandonment of his campaign promise on taxes. a promise he made over and over
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again. watch. >> i end the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. >> it means letting the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans expire. and rolling back the bush back cuts to the top 1%. >> i want to roll bam. i'm rolling back the bush tax cuts for the very wealthiest americans. for the wealthiest americans. for the wealthiest americans. >> it is true that i to roll back the bush tax cuts on the very wealthiest americans and go back to the rate they paid under bill clinton. >> well, that was then. these days the fact is, the president simply does not have the support of conservative senate democrats for doing what he promised and now in cutting a deal he's alienating some liberal democrats. >> i'm very unhappy about it. you're right. in essence, it borrows $700 billion from china, charges it and puts it on our children and grandchildren's credit cards and gives it to the wealthiest 2 percent of taxpayers. people say washington doesn't
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listen enough. it's clear what the public was saying is -- give the -- keep the tax cuts going for the middle class. extend, maintain unemployment benefits for those in my state, 85,000 ohio families lost their unemployment benefits last week. the republicans continue to filibuster that. we should just keep going on that and continue to fight for the middle-class tax break. i'm not at all happy with this. i want to see all details before i make any kind of commitment. >> ohio senator on "john king usa." new york congressman anthony wiener not any happier. >> we often have to compromise. it seems almost as if i missed the part of the fight, like, where was the fight where he said what he believed in. i think to some degree he under plays his hand. as i said today. it's as if he wants to punt on third downs. >> congressman anthony wiener. the president meeting with congressional democrats earlier today urging them to support a
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deal underscoring the message on camera tonight. >> we cannot play politics at a time when the american people are looking for us to solve problems. and so i look forward to engaging the house and the senate, members of both parties, as well as the media, in this debate but i'm confident that this needs to get done and i'm confident ultimately congress will do the right thing. >> well, late reaction tonight from the republican side, spokesman for house speaker john boehner released the statement. it's encouraging the white house is willing to stop the job-killing tax hikes scheduled for january 1. we look forward to discussing the proposal with the house members and american people. we discussed it tonight with former mccain and palin strategist roland martin and cnn's ed henry. ed, the white house was briefed. what do we know about what happened at the meeting and is it a sign the white house is
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worried about the banger, basically, on the left? >> they're very worried. i talked to some senior democrats and they said it was a very tense meeting at the white house. some democratic leaders telling the president in private they don't understand how he could give up such a bedrock principal dating back, as you cataloged to the 2008 campaign and they don't understand as sherrod brown told john king, how will the polls show many americans believe the rich should pay more in taxes why the president with his rhetorical gifts could not engage the public and make a convincing case here? the flip side, when you talk to senior white house aides here tonight, they say the president was staring at the cold political reality, he doesn't have the votes, particularly in the senate to get what he wants done which is just passing the middle class 25x cuts and two, he's stares as 9.8% unemployment, in terms of consecutive months, over 9%. close to double digits.
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the only other viable option here was to do nothing. let congress go home. let the bush tax rates expire and then come january 1st, basically, every american would get a tax increase. that was the only other viable option he had. they had all these other symbolic votes on capitol hill last week and it went nowhere and it was time to move forward in this debate and that's their bottom line. >> you wrote in your blog, the republicans are playing chicken with the democrats and force them to blame because they know that president obama doesn't have the stomach to fight it. is that fair? didn't he say he wanted to get all the people in the room and cool up with compromises? >> every president says that. i remember when george bush said that. i was reeting a tweet from a journalist, and he said the new england patriots are whipping up on the new york jets like the gop whipped up on the democrats today when it came to tax cuts. where ed laid out that they felt they didn't have much room, that's because the gop said,
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look, you're going to blink. but what they didn't do was tell the gop, are you going to allow 95% of americans not to get tax relief? are you willing to sacrifice if middle class to get tax cuts in order for you to extend it for the top 2% of the wage earners? that was never on the table. not only that, you extend the bush tax cuts for the top tier for the next two years but only extended unemployment benefits for 13 months? why did the white house say, fine, two years for them? two years for the unemployed. >> nicole did the president blink? >> i don't think the politics are that bad for barack obama. with the voters that were the deciding factor in his election. i think independents will be heartened to see him keep another campaign pledge which is what you alluded to getting everyone in a room and working on a compromise. i think the disillusionment with barack obama, the reason the numbers have plunged from 80% the week he was inaugurated to, i think they hover below george
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w. bush's these days is because what people thought they were getting was a guy that could work with the other side and pass reasonable, sometimes moderate, compromises. >> do you think that, ed, republicans see this as i sign of weakness? this is a victory for them? >> i think what they see it as is getting this my moving again. and i think they see a president unlike speaker pelosi earlier this week, who's willing to work. read the tea leaves from the election. and basically, he has to deal now not with the weak and larm. he has to deal with the leadership of the republican party and if he want to have any government cutting taxes or spending in the future they have to work together. >> anderson, one second. we have heard deficit, deficit, deficit. what happened to the deficit conversation as relates to this particular tax break? the deficit will increase. not only for unemployment
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benefits and for sendsing the tax cuts. it seems the deficit argument is sort of moves like the wind blowing. >> one quick point. why, if rich people keep their money and spend it in the economy, is it a bad thing? and if the government takes it away and spends it on run-away spending programs it's a good thing? make that argument to me. >> answer my question. >> at the end of the day getting this economy moving and the chairman last night, if federal reon "60 minutes" he said now is not the time for deficit spending. now's the time to get the economy moving and that will ben pit the president and benefit them all? >> i'm just exposing the fact that the deficit discussion has been a fraudulent conversation. it's always a deficit conversation as it relates to the people most in need but when you faulk about the deficit when it comes to those making more than $250,000, likely every single person on this panel, the deficit conversation goes out the window. >> what about to his point, this will add $700 billion to the
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deficit by having tax cuts? >> i think the political reality, at least for republican voters is that all deficit spending is not equal. i think republicans have been engaged in a philosophical debate for the last two years. we were talking about how barack obama has done a great job at expanding the tent on the republican side and the tax cut discussion, i think for many liberals is about the rates at which you tax people. to conservatives, it's part of the philosophical debate about the role of federal government in american life. giving back people's money, no matter how much they make, is always a good thing. >> roland you could argue that this is the only new form of stimulus spending that anybody in washington is going to get this year? any kind of big government stimulus thing won't be very popular particularly with republicans coming in and at least with this, as ed pointed out, maybe wealthy people will save some money and spend some? >> and how did that go for the eight years of the bush tax cut? we talk about how we got ourselves into this economy. i'm just making the argument how
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has that worked thus far? when you talk about losing 500,000 jobs a month and now we're scraping boy with 30 or 40,000? what did it get us? it got us higher deficits. i'm just saying, i think it amazing how the deficit conversation has just magically disappeared a couple weeks after the election. >> spending got us higher deficits, not higher taxes. spending got us higher deficits and we continue to do that. >> even the economists will say, if those same bush tax cuts contributed to the federal deficit, the chairman of the federal reserve who has something to do, not a president, not a congress, but the chairman, he basically said last night, if we had not put $3.3 trillion of federal reserve money into this economy, it would have been ten times worse so at the end of the day, there has been spending. there's been plenty of spending. the whole system is not about the tax cuts. it's about the banking system. it's about bad loans that were made and what we got to do is
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get confidence back in the business community where they start hiring people again and putting their money back in. >> so you say this was a good move by the obama administration? ed henry, does this allow the white house to now get some stuff done in this lame-duck session with congress? >> you're right. that's a big part. not let this drag on for another week or ten days. try to get the new s.t.a.r.t. treaty and repeal with "don't ask don't tell." those are big things the president wants to get done. if the tax fight has been log jamming everything he never would have gotten any of those other things done. the other point is, long term he has a problem with the fiscal mess in terms of dealing with the debt as roland said. short term, as ed rollins said you have the federal reserve chairman saying, look, five or six years, maybe more of this unemployment. so short term, this president has to do something about jobs. it was a difficult choice but he made it. >> ed rollins, ed henry, nicole wallace, and roland martin, thanks very much. >> let us know what you think
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live chat right now at "ac 360." up next, the latest on elizabeth edwards. maybe not a surprise announcement today but shocking. what family sources are telling us about we'll talk to sanjay gupta. and arizona cutting state money for life saving bone marrow and organ transplants. they are blaming the obama health care reform but the vote came before the health care reform was law. find out what happened when we asked her to come on the program and defend her position tonight. don't want to deal with a lot of flibbity-flab or mumbo-jumbo. sounds like you need to name your price. no gobbledy-gook? never. do i still get all the dagnabbit coverage i need? sure. we give you a quote and you can adjust your price up and down to find something that works for you. ♪ this thing is okey-mcsmokey skiddly-doo. great! i think.
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note not surprising but elizabeth edwards, wife of john edwards may be in her final fight against breast cancer. her family said the doctors have advised her that further treatment would be in their words, unproductive. she's been dealing, of course, with the disease since 2004. three years later she and her husband revealed the cancer had spread. in july, elizabeth edwards sat down with larry king and he asked her what would happen if she didn't get to finish raising her kids. >> i would be sad for me and sad for them. i'd like for them to see me -- seeing them off into their new life. >> such a sad prospect. tonight a source close to the family says her prognosis was described in terms of weeks,
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that same source saying she's not in pain and has prepared for this. her family is with her including as we said, her estranged husband, john. and with us, sanjay gupta and jessica yellin who has been covering this story. sanjay, what happens at this stage of the disease when the doctors say it's no longer productive? what does that mean. >> when they say treatment is no longer productive it's a risk benefit analysis. like most things in medicine they're figuring out is it a benefit that this will treat the cancer. there's no absolute answer to this. every breast cancer, the way breast cancer as a disease behaves is individualized from patient to patient but at some point, as you know anderson, her original diagnosis she was very open talking about that. in 2007, three years later the cancer had spread to her bones and now most recently to her liver. at some point they say the medicines, we've got to go from thinking about curing somebody
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of breast cancer and simply trying to treat them and at this point we think the treatment can do more harm than good. that's what they are basically saying by unproductive. focus to keep her comfortable and free only symptoms at this time. >> i know the answer and i apologize. they have a daughter in her 20s. they have sons. how old are the kids? >> they have two younger children. i actually can't remember their ages right now but i think early teenage years and, perhaps, very -- with many more years at home to go before they go to college. of course, anderson she lost her teenage son, wade, many years ago. >> she obviously played a very strong role in the edwards' campaign. some often said she was the driving force behind it and maybe wanted it more than he did at some points. and there's the moment that was famous that during the campaign she announce the illness had returned. i'll play that for our viewers. >> the net result of all the
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tests is that she has her cancer is back. it's largely confined in bone. >> what sort of an impact has she had on her husband's career? >> you know, he was the candidate but often times, it seems that she was the star. i covered them through so many events and she was always the sort of popular public figure and her struggle with cancer was the central part of both of their appeal. she was admired for her strength after losing her son, wade. and then when she got answer she noticed a lump towards the end of the 2004 campaign as her husband was still running for vice president. and because she didn't want up to set anyone she kept it quiet until the campaign ended. that won her a lot of affection. and so did her grace in fighting it. she first seemed to beat the cancer but as you'll recall, when it recurred in 2007, right as her husband was launching his presidential campaign, she was the one who insisted he stay in
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the race and her struggle with the disease and their bond together became a central part of his 2008 campaign. i attended more edwards' campaign events than i can remember and every single time he talked about her and her fight with this disease, anderson. >> i should point out, four children and wade passed away. catherine and emma claire and jack are 10 and 12 i'm told. sanjay, at this point, i mean, what sort of -- what does a patient do? >> well, you know, there's been a lot of studies on the exact questi anderson. but you have varying schools of thoughts. she'll be at home with her family instead of a hospital, for example. studies show in terms of the overall anxiety levels for the patient and family, even quality of care, can all be better, in fact, at home as opposed to in a hospital as long as the care is available at home. so she says she's going to be at home. a lot will be focused on what is known as palliative care.
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and not to sound too clinical but basically, the concerns about pain. the concerns about nausea or vomiting. the concerns about what will happen to her heart and lungs, all of that can be addressed so she can be comfortable and be interactive with her family be that will be the focus from what i heard from her statement and also, looking at studies of patients in this condition. it's focused on treating these types of the symptoms. >> this think about her kids, 10 and 12 -- i lost my dad at age 10. it's a devastating impact on a child particularly that age. jessica, the -- i think some people would be surprised to hear john edwards is by her side. they are obviously estranged. do we know much about their relationship today? >> well, look, they're separated and not divorced and that is meaningful. the facts still are pretty painful. the last three years, she learned that she had a terminal illness. that her husband had a relationship with another woman that he lied to her about it.
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and that he was the father of this other woman's child. and remember, much of that soap opera was unfolding during the campaign while she was keeping up this brave public face, so plenty has been written and said about the private tension behind the scenes. truthfully, as devastating as all of that must be, we should remember they still live in the same area and part of the reason that he's been by her side is things took a turn for the worse is that we're told she generally thinks it's important that he has a strong relationship with his children. she knows she's not going to be around for long and she does not want to come between her children and their father. >> so sad. jessica, appreciate you being on sanjay as well. ahead, people waiting for life-saving transplants in arizona are being turned down. not for lack of donors but for lack of money. "keeping them honest." and next a confession in the murder that rocked a picture postcard town of celebration, florida. white picket fences and for the first time, yellow crime scene tape! with an irresistible full key... oh, too much?
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tonight we're hearing from an accused mexican drug cartel hitman who isn't a man at all. a 14-year-old boy. that story coming up. but first, our "360 bulletin." the attorney for wikileaks founder julian assange says his client is meeting with police in britain, not because of his online posting of classified u.s. papers but an unrelated warrant involving a rape case in sweden which assange calls "a smear campaign." attorney general eric holder said he's authorizing significant action to investigate the document dump. police say a homeless man admits carrying out the first-ever homicide in celebration, florida, the town created by the disney company not far from disney world. the transient was receiving counseling from the victim. investigators believe the suspect bludgeoned the man to death with an ax. the hunt is on for a shark that killed a 70-year-old woman
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off the southern coast of egypt on sunday. two other sharks have been captured and killed but tourists are being ordered to stay out of the water until the shark they is responsible for the attack is found. and defense secretary, robert gates, says he's not optimistic that the ban on openly gay and lesbian troops in the military will be repealed by congress any time soon. democrats are hoping to end the "don't ask don't tell" policy before the lame-duck session wraps up. and alicia keys is back from the dead, digitally speaking. keys led a celebrity campaign to stage a digital death by staying off twitter, facebook and other social media until they could raise $1 million to fight aids in africa and india. e-online is reporting they met their goal after raising half a million from their fans and other stars. the rest came from a billionaire from the pharmaceutical industry which is one way to get people thinking the drug companies are
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good. >> joe, thank you very much. time for tonight's shot. hard to think of anything funny about wikileaks until the cast of "saturday night live" got on the case. imagine what it would be like if julian assange and his team were like these guys at tmz. take a look. >> our guys caught up with president hamid karzai last night. >> so obama was in afghanistan. did you get to see him? >> i did. >> did he ask you about all the bribery in your administration? >> sir, you forgot your briefcase. >> i do not take bribes -- >> i wish we saw the guy who was harvey levin. the governor 06 arizona cut costs by cutting people from the chance of getting life-saving transplants. is the data he used to make the decision faulty? we're "keeping them honest." and later, josh doumel
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tonight, cutting budgets and
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blaming obama care with the lives of low-income transplant patients hanging in the balance. as of october 1st, arizona stopped financing certain transplant operations under the state's version of medicaid. arizona governor, jan brewer, a republican, has reportedly blamed president obama's health care overhaul. but there's one problem. the vote on cutting transplant funding came before the president signed the bill into law. for people waiting for transplants, this is a life or death matter. this man, for instance, he's a 32-year-old father of four. his wife told us he needs a liver transplant. a friend whose wife dieded recently called and said she wanted to give him her live liver and they were a match. when he checked into the hospital according to his wife, he was told the transplant would no longer be cover and he needed to come up with $200,000 in two hours as a down payment on the $500,000 surgery. he couldn't come up with the money. the liver went to somebody else. doctors say without the transplant he has about two years to live. then there's mark price, the
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34-year-old father of six. he needed a bone marrow transplant and doctors found a match but it was on the same day arizona's medicaid program stopped covering them. an anonymous donor stepped in offering to cover the costs, but price died on november 28th before the operation could be done. now, governor brewer said her heart went out to the price family but the cuts were necessary. >> the state only has so much money and we could only provide so many optional kinds of care. and those. >> reporter: one of options that we had taken liberty to discard, to dismiss. >> she said optional kinds of care. the question is are transplant optional? three national transplant organizations sent the governor a letter saying what she's done is a death sentence. quote, this baseless exclusion of coverage to arizona citizens for services representing the beth treatment options with end-stage organ failure to improve survival and quality of life respect tos a death sentence for many of these citizens of arizona. the question is how did governor brewer and the arizona state
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legislature arrive at the decision? it was after state officials looked at success and is your value rates for transplant procedures but transplant groups say the data they looked at was faulty and outdated. the transplant group sent governor brewer a letter in june saying proposed changes to one type of heart transplant for example, were based on inadequate and discriminatory data. lung transplants were cut out entirely because arizona's version of medicaid said data showed the surgery didn't extend life expectancy. 66% of patients survive at least three years after having a lung transplant. brewer said she would consider restoring the transplant funding if she were provided ideas where to get the money. turns out she got some ideas. representatives from four arizona hospitals sent her a letter recommending other cost-cutting measures this they say could at least save the same amount if not more than cutting the transplants. they say they never heard back.
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as local transplant experts this group of doctors say they were not kulgted in the first place and no one listened. what about federal stimulus money? could that be used? we were told that there are $30 million in federal stimulus dollars unaccounted for of the money that's been spent. $2 million went to fixing the roof at the coliseum which is a apparently, a rarely-used venue and $2.4 million went to algae research. what is this saving? it's $1.4 million a year. we asked governor brewer to come on the program tonight and she said she wasn't available tonight or for the entire rest of the month or the first half of january. the invitation stands. arizona state representative was available and she feels strongly about this. not only politically but personally as a transplant survivor. i talked to her earlier tonight. >> representative, you had a bone mayor roy transplant ten years ago and you said it saved
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your life. for you, is 24 what governor brewer calls "optional" type of care? >> definitely this transplant saved my life. i've had two transplants. i had a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant and i know for a fact without the transplants i wouldn't be here today. the transplants saved my life. transplants that people here in arizona need are not optional. these are actually life-threa n life-threatening disease that they have and they definitely need a transplant in order to survive so in my eyes trans34r57b9s are not optional. this is something they need in order to have a second chance at life. >> to be fair to the governor, no one is happy about the cuts. the argue system that the state's in bad financial shape and difficult cuts have to be made somewhere. do you buy that? >> i mean, arizona is no different than any other state in the nation. we face our deficit cuts. but the fact of the matter is, governor brewer and the
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republicans have chosen to cut over 400,000 people off health care and one of those being transplants. and at the time i mean, we had a choice to make and priorities and we could have chosen to cut tax loopholes for big businesses and for the rich. but their priority was cutting people's -- what they considered optional care which is not optional care for transplants. that i just find totally outrageous. >> it seems like the data used by the governor, the legislature, to make the decision on the cuts, it's been widely criticized by a lot of medical professionals and even some hups are saying data is potentially outdated and flawed. how did that happen? >> my bone marrow doctor has come forward along with many other physicians across the nation now, and have stated her and to other democrats and to republicans, that the information was flawed. yes, the information that we received. but to now, there's been nothing
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done as far as governor brewer or the republicans, to push forward in solving the solution. they made the mistake. they admitted to the mistake. but as of yet, no solution has been brought forward or action. >> you're calling for a special session from governor brewtory address these budget cuts. have you gotten any response from her? >> there's been no response from her regarding the special session. but actually, the easiest solution for her to take is to use some of her discretionary monies. $1.4 million, to be exact, out of $178 that she was awarded by the federal government, to use wisely. and that's going to be -- >> you're talking about stimulus funds? >> yes. stimulus funds. those can be used for those transplants to save almost 100 people's lives in arizona. >> she said she used up her stimulus funds. >> well, as of to date she's yet to account for the $30 million that she said she spent.
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so we've requested records. and she's yet to come forward with what she spent this money on. >> do you think there's hope for those people who are wait something those people who are, you know, on a list and not going to be able to pay for it? >> really, no. if they're unable to raise the funds, they're not going to be able to get the transplant. but there are solutions. the governor could use her discretionary federal money. we can go into a special session and designate money to go back into these transplants and for people to have a second chance at life. this is a mandatory operation that they must have in order to live. >> and in terms of how much money we're talking about, what sums are we talking about? >> we're talking about $1.4 million. out of our state budget which is approximately $9 billion. so when you look at the scheme of things, $1.4 million to save over 100 people's lives in arizona, to me that's definitely money well worth it and well
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spent. >> thank you for coming on. >> thank you. we'll continue to follow that. coming up, "crime and punishment," a 14-year-old kid, an alleged drug cartel hitman. he says he's executed four people, slitting the throats of his victims. you'll hear from him and get an extraordinary look at how mexico's drug cartels seem to be luring young kids to do their dirty work. and actor josh duhamel flies no class and gets himself escorted off a flight. how he earned himself a spot on tonight's rediculist. plus a powerful pain reliever, wherever you need it! [ both ] ♪ oh what a relief it is!
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tonight, frightening new evidence of the war next door. mexico's exploding drug violence has claimed more than 28,000 lives in just four years. imagine that. we're now hearing from an
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alleged assassin who's just been captured. he's not even old enough to drive a car and claims to be killing for several years now. we find out why he may not be alone in tonight eat "crime and punishment" report. a teenage boy caught in the middle of a violent man's game. on the street, he's known as the one that the mexican authorities say he worked as a drug cartel hitman slitting the throats of his victims. how many people have you executed. >> four. >> how old are you? >> 14. >> reporter: in mexico, criminal suspects are routinely paraded before the news cameras and it was no different for this young boy. captured near mexico city at the airport with his sister. the teenager told reporters that he was trying to get to san diego, where he was born. he says a man called el negro forced him into the deadly drug cartel world. >> who picked you up? >> el negro.
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>> and he convinced you or he made you join this? >> he made me. >> what did he tell you? >> that either work or he'll kill me. >> reporter: the boy said he dropped out of school after the third grade. he says he started killing with the help of drugs. >> who gave you can orders to hit them, to execute them? >> el negro. >> where did you learn to execute? to beat? >> i got high. >> did you get drugged? >> el negro drugged me. >> since when did el negro drug you? >> since i was 12. >> you belong to the gang since you were 12? >> yes. >> reporter: the young boy says he was on the cartel's payroll making $500 a week. >> they use them like kleenex as they say in the business. you can just throw them away. >> charles bowden has documented the cartel's stranglehold on thousands of young kids and he recently wrote a book called "murder city" about the violence in juarez, mexico. >> you got to imagine being 11
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or 12 and knowing you have no future. knowing your life is ruined. nothing will get better and here's your shot. go out and kill somebody and make some bucks and be a big guy for a while, all the while knowing you'll die. >> reporter: cartels have preyed on teenagers for years. bowden says they're recruited because they're not punished as severely if arrested and don't know enough to testify against cartel leaders. the authorities say it's not rare for teenagers to reach the level of assassin. two american teenagers in la y laredo, texas one convicted of murder two years ago. they were teenagers when they joined the zeta drug cartel, their faces and bodies with menacing tattoos. they claimed in the videotape police interrogation, he started killing at age 13. >> i loved doing it. killing that first person, i loved it. i thought i was superman, he
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said. >> reporter: and that is the lure. the hope of becoming bigger than life and escaping the squalor around them. >> was this kid's route into the drug cartel or what we know about it, was it different than others who ended up there? >> well, what was interesting about what he said and basically what we have to go on is that those statements that he had mode to reporters after being arrested is that we know a lot of young kids are brought in to the drug cartel world and they start off as lookouts on street corners. they run small amounts of drugs across the border or sell drugs on a street corner. this kid said he was forced into it, essentially told if he didn't do it he would be killed so that sounds at least from what we know right now to be slightly different from other routes and other ways that other young kids have gotten into it. >> obviously in the united states you wouldn't parade aid 14-year-old suspect in front of the media which is why we're covering the kid's face. do we know what happens to him now? >> well, he's going through the mexican legal process right now and there's a hearing today in
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mexico as to exactly how he'll be dried. he will not face the kind of consequences that he would have faced for similar crimes. from that standpoint it's possible that he could end up back out on the streets again. but what is fascinating about this world, anderson, i've had federal law enforcement officialses tell me, they wonder why these kids get into this. do they ever stop and realize that you never meet any old, retired drug cartel members? this isn't the kind of lifestyle you kickback and retire from one day. >> a 12 or 15 year old from a poor background in mexico is not thinking too much about what happens at age 40. ed, appreciate your fascinating report. thanks so much. up next, the ffed's $110 bi head ache. what caused a huge batch of brand new $100 bills to be quarantined? details ahead. and what did josh duhamel do on a plane that landed him on
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joe johns joins us again. anderson, secretary of state hillary clinton met today in washington with south korean and japanese diplomats for talks on how to respond to north korea's recent attacks in nuclear arms proliferation. the three nations jointly condemned north korea and rejected the call by china to return to six-party talks to resolve the long-running conflict. california's long-running battle over same-sex marriage is back in the courtroom. a federal appeals court heard arguments on proposition 8 which bans such unions. a lower court court ruled prop 8 to be unconstitutional and the case is likely to reach the supreme court. stocks fell and the dow losing 26 points after fed chairman ben bernanke gave a pessimistic outlook about the nation's economy. here's what he said in an interview with "60 minutes." >> the peak and the end of last
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year we lost 8.5 million jobs. only gotten about a million back so far. and that doesn't account for the new people coming into the labor force. at the rate we're going it could be four or five years before we are back to a more normal unemployment rate. somewhere in the vicinity of say, 5 or 6%. >> it's being called the fed's 110 billion head ache. more than a billion new $100 bills slated to be released next year have been kept back because of a printing problem that renders some of them useless. the new design was supposed to make them more resistant to counterfeiting. the ink on kelsey grammar's divorce isn't dry and he's engaged again to a 29-year-old british woman. his break up with his ex-wife who stars on "the real housewives of beverly hills" has yet to be finalized. i guess that's hollywood. time for our rediculist.
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our nightly journey through the valley of silly stuff. actor i don't remember do you mel -- josh duhamel, he got kicked off for not getting off the phone. he was the guy that won't turn off his blackberry before take-o take-off. he kept texting away on the tarmac as they repeatedly asked him to shut it down. he wases supreme courted off and he said, quote, the experience was not my favorite moment. i'm sure the other passengers really enjoyed returning to the gate and having their flight delayed because he was texting his manager or chef or whatever. i hate it because i fly a lot, when they have to deal with egotistical anchors and actors, all the time. people who argue with airline personnel at the at the check-in counter or rental car agents or
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thanks for watching everyone. tonight breaking news. president obama laying out a deal with republicans on taxes and jobless benefits and takes heat from fellow democrats. will they go along with him in the end and which will americans care for about? that he gave up on a campaign pledge to roll back tax cuts for the rich? or he's trying to keep his other promise to reach across the aisle. we're "keeping them honest." elizabeth edwards, breaking news. stopping her treatment for advanced breast cancer. the latest on that tonight and how she's coping. ers strained husband john edwards at her side. we'll talk to sanjay gupta about that. and later in "crime and punishment," a 14-year-old boy who has killed four people. a hitman for a mexican drug cartel. we'll show you how he was recruited at age 12. and how the cartel turns the boys into killers until the boys say the killing itself becomes a high. we begin with breaking news on your taxes or if you've been
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laid off your jobless benefits. with the deal president obama struck with republicans on both and the backlash to it inside his party, mr. obama agreeing to extend bush era tax cuts for all americans even the wealthiest which he vowed in the campaign not to in return getting a payroll tax cut and 13 more months of jobless benefits helping the working and middle class. the president signaled reluctantly he traded one pillar on his campaign, to preserve another, his pledge to get beyond partisan squabbling. >> i know there's some people in my party and the other party who would rather prolong this battle even if we can't reach a compromise. i'm not willing to let working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in washington and i'm not willing to let our economy slip backwards just as we're pulling ourselves out of this devastating recession. i'm not willing to see 2 million
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americans who stand to lose their unemployment insurance at the end of this month be put in a situation where they might lose their home, their car, or suffer some additional economic catastrophe. so sympathetic as i am to those who prefer a fight over compromise, as much as the political wisdom may dictate fighting over solving problems, it would be the wrong thing to do. >> president obama tonight clearly trying to put his move in best possible light. "keeping them honest," this is a complete abandonment of his campaign promise on taxes. a promise he made over and over again. watch. >> i end the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. >> it means letting the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans expire. and rolling back the bush back cuts to the top 1%. we have toe roll back. i'm rolling back the bush tax cuts for the very wealthiest americans. for the wealthiest americans. for the wealthiest americans. it is true that i want to roll
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back the bush tax cuts on the very wealthiest americans and go back to the rate they paid under bill clinton. >> well, that was then. these days the fact is, the president simply does not have the support of conservative senate democrats for doing what he promised and now in cutting a deal he's alienating some liberal democrats. >> i'm very unhappy about it. you're right. in essence, it borrows $700 billion from china, charges it and puts it on our children and grandchildren's credit cards and gives it to the wealthiest 2 -- 2% of taxpayers. people say washington doesn't listen enough. it's clear what the public was saying is -- give the -- keep the tax cuts going for the middle class. extend, maintain unemployment benefits for those in my state, 85,000 ohio families lost their unemployment benefits last week. the republicans continue to filibuster that. we should just keep going on that and continue to fight for the middle-class tax break. i'm not at all happy with this.
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i want to see all details before i make any kind of commitment. >> ohio senator on "john king usa." new york congressman anthony wiener not any happier. >> we often have to compromise. it seems almost as if i missed the part of the fight, like, where was the fight where he said what he believed in. i think to some degree he under plays his hand. as i said today. it's as if he wants to punt on third downs. >> congressman anthony wiener. the president meeting with congressional democrats earlier today urging them to support a deal underscoring the message on camera tonight. >> we cannot play politics at a time when the american people are looking for us to solve problems. and so i look forward to engaging the house and the senate, members of both parties, as well as the media, in this debate but i'm confident that this needs to get done and i'm
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confident ultimately congress will do the right thing. >> well, late reaction tonight from the republican side, spokesman for house speaker john boehner released the statement. it's encouraging the white house is willing to stop the job-killing tax hikes scheduled for january 1. we look forward to discussing the proposal with the house members and american people. we discussed it tonight with former mccain and palin strategist roland martin and cnn's ed henry. ed, the white house was briefed. what do we know about what happened at the meeting and is it a sign the white house is worried about the banger, -- the anger on the left? >> they're very worried. i talked to some senior democrats and they said it was a very tense meeting at the white house. some democratic leaders telling the president in private they don't understand how he could give up such a bedrock principal dating back, as you cataloged to the 2008 campaign and they don't understand as sherrod brown told john king, how will the polls
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show many americans believe the rich should pay more in taxes why the president with his rhetorical gifts could not engage the public and make a convincing case here? the flip side, when you talk to senior white house aides here tonight, they say the president was staring at the cold political reality, he doesn't have the votes, particularly in the senate to get what he wants done which is just passing the middle class tax cuts and two, he's staring at 9.8% unemployment, in terms of consecutive months, over 9%. close to double digits. the only other viable option here was to do nothing. let congress go home. let the bush tax rates expire and then come january 1st, basically, every american would get a tax increase. that was the only other viable option he had. they had all these other symbolic votes on capitol hill last week and it went nowhere and it was time to move forward in this debate and that's their bottom line. >> you wrote in your blog, the republicans are playing chicken with the democrats and force them to blame because they know
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that president obama doesn't have the stomach to fight it. is that fair? didn't he say he wanted to get all the people in the room and cool up with compromises? >> every president says that. i remember when george bush said that. when he ran for president. i was reading a tweet from a journalist, and he said the new england patriots are whipping up on the new york jets like the gop whipped up on the democrats today when it came to tax cuts. where ed laid out that they felt they didn't have much room, that's because the gop said, look, you're going to blink. but what they didn't do was tell the gop, are you going to allow 95% of americans not to get tax relief? are you willing to sacrifice the middle class to get tax cuts in order for you to extend it for the top 2% of the wage earners? that was never on the table. not only that, you extend the bush tax cuts for the top tier for the next two years but only extended unemployment benefits for 13 months? why did the white house say,
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fine, two years for them? two years for the unemployed. >> nicole did the president blink? >> i don't think the politics are that bad for barack obama. with the voters that were the deciding factor in his election. i think independents will be heartened to see him keep another campaign pledge which is what you alluded to getting everyone in a room and working on a compromise. i think the disillusionment with barack obama, the reason the numbers have plunged from 80% the week he was inaugurated to, i think they hover below george w. bush's these days is because what people thought they were getting was a guy that could work with the other side and pass reasonable, sometimes moderate, compromises. >> do you think that, ed, republicans see this as i sign of weakness? this is a victory for them? >> i think what they see it as is getting this economy moving again. and i think they see a president unlike speaker pelosi earlier this week, who's willing to work.
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read the tea leaves from the election. they lost six senate races. and basically, he has to deal not with the weak and the lame he has to deal with the leadership of the republican party and if he want to have any government cutting taxes or spending in the future they have to work together. >> anderson, one second. we keep talking about the election that took place on november 2nd. we have heard deficit, deficit, deficit. what happened to the deficit conversation as relates to this particular tax break? the deficit will increase. not only for unemployment wen fits and for spending the tax cuts. it seems the deficit argument is sort of moves like the wind blowing. >> one quick point. why, if rich people keep their money and spend it in the economy, is it a bad thing? and if the government takes it away and spends it on run-away spending programs it's a good thing? you've never ban able to make that argument to me. >> answer my question.
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>> at the end of the day getting this economy moving and the chairman last night, the federal reon "60 minutes" he said now is not the time for deficit spending. now's the time to get the economy moving and that will benefit the president and benefit them all? >> i'm just exposing the fact that the deficit discussion has been a fraudulent conversation. it's always a deficit conversation as it relates to the people most in need but when you talk about the deficit when it comes to those making more than $250,000, likely every single person on this panel, the deficit conversation goes out the window. >> what about to his point, this will add $700 billion to the deficit by having tax cuts? >> i think the political reality, at least for republican voters is that all deficit spending is not equal. i think republicans have been engaged in a philosophical debate for the last two years. we were talking about how barack obama has done a great job at expanding the tent on the republican side and the tax cut discussion, i think for many liberals is about the rates at
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which you tax people. to conservatives, it's part of the philosophical debate about the role of federal government in american life. giving back people's money, no matter how much they make, is always a good thing. >> roland you could argue that this is the only new form of stimulus spending that anybody in washington is going to get this year. any kind of big government stimulus thing won't be very popular particularly with republicans coming in and at least with this, as ed pointed out, maybe wealthy people will save some money and spend some? >> and how did that go for the eight years of the bush tax cut? we talk about how we got ourselves into this economy. i'm just making the argument how has that worked thus far? when you talk about losing 500,000 jobs a month and now we're scraping by with 30 or 40,000? what did it get us? it got us higher deficits. i'm just saying, i think it amazing how the deficit conversation has just magically disappeared a couple weeks after the election. >> spending got us higher deficits, not higher taxes. spending got us higher deficits and we continue to do that.
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>> even the economists will say, if those same bush tax cuts contributed to the federal deficit, the chairman of the federal reserve who has something to do, not a president, not a congress, but the chairman, he basically said last night, if we had not put $3.3 trillion of federal reserve money into this economy, it would have been ten times worse so at the end of the day, there has been spending. there's been plenty of spending. the whole system is not about the tax cuts. it's about the banking system. it's about bad loans that were made and what we got to do is get confidence back in the business community where they start hiring people again and putting their money back in. >> so you say this was a good move by the obama administration? >> ed henry, does this allow the white house to now get some stuff done in this lame-duck session with congress? >> you're right. that's a big part. not let this drag on for another week or ten days. try to get the new s.t.a.r.t. treaty and repeal with "don't
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ask don't tell." those are big things the president wants to get done. if the tax fight has been log jamming everything he never would have gotten any of those other things done. the other point is, long term he has a problem with the fiscal mess in terms of dealing with the debt as roland said. short term, as ed rollins said you have the federal reserve chairman saying, look, five or six years, maybe more of this unemployment. so short term, this president has to do something about jobs. it was a difficult choice but he made it. >> ed rollins, ed henry, nicole wallace, and roland martin, thanks very much. >> let us know what you think live chat right now at "ac 360." up next, the latest on elizabeth edwards. maybe not a surprise announcement today but shocking. the country's been following her fight against cancer and now comes word she's discontinuing treatment. what her doctors told her and what family sources are telling us.
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her family said the doctors have advised her that further treatment would be in their
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edwards may be in her final fight against breast cancer. her family said the doctors have advised her that further treatment would be in their words, unproductive. she's been dealing, of course, with the disease since 2004. three years later she and her husband revealed the cancer had spread. in july, elizabeth edwards sat down with larry king and he asked her what would happen if she didn't get to finish raising her kids. >> i would be sad for me and sad for them. i'd like for them to see me -- seeing them off into their new life. >> such a sad prospect. tonight a source close to the family says her prognosis was described in terms of weeks, that same source saying she's not in pain and has prepared for this. her family is with her including as we said, her estranged husband, john. and with us, sanjay gupta and jessica yellin who has been covering this story. sanjay, what happens at this stage of the disease when the doctors say it's no longer productive? what does that mean? >> when they say treatment is no longer productive it's a risk benefit analysis. like most things in medicine they're figuring out is it a benefit that this will treat the
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cancer. there's no absolute answer to this. every breast cancer, the way breast cancer as a disease behaves is individualized from patient to patient but at some point, as you know anderson, her original diagnosis she was very open talking about that. in 2007, three years later the cancer had spread to her bones and now most recently to her liver. at some point they say the medicines, we've got to go from thinking about curing somebody of breast cancer and simply trying to treat them and at this point we think the treatment can do more harm than good. that's what they are basically saying by unproductive. focus on keeping her comfortable and free of symptoms at this time. >> i know the answer and i apologize. they have a daughter in her 20s. they have sons. how old are the kids? >> they have two younger children. i actually can't remember their ages right now but i think early teenage years and, perhaps, very -- with many more years at home to go before they go to college.
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of course, anderson she lost her teenage son, wade, many years ago. >> she obviously played a very strong role in the edwards' campaign. some often said she was the driving force behind it and maybe wanted it more than he did at some points. and there's the moment that was famous that during the campaign she announced that the ill license had returned. i'll play that for our viewers. >> the net result of all the tests is that she has her cancer is back. it's largely confined in bone. >> what sort of an impact has she had on her husband's career? >> you know, he was the candidate but often times, it seems that she was the star. i covered them through so many events and she was always the sort of popular public figure and her struggle with cancer was the central part of both of their appeal. she was admired for her strength after losing her son, wade.
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and then when she got cancer, she noticed a lump towards the end of the 2004 campaign as her husband was still running for vice president. and because she didn't want up to set anyone she kept it quiet until the campaign ended. that won her a lot of affection. and so did her grace in fighting it. she first seemed to beat the cancer but as you'll recall, when it recurred in 2007, right as her husband was launching his presidential campaign, she was the one who insisted he stay in the race and her struggle with the disease and their bond together became a central part of his 2008 campaign. i attended more edwards' campaign events than i can remember and every single time he talked about her and her fight with this disease, anderson. >> i should point out, four children and wade passed away. catherine and emma claire and jack are 10 and 12 i'm told. sanjay, at this point, i mean, what sort of -- what does a patient do? >> well, you know, there's been
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a lot of studies on this exact question, anderson. but you have varying schools of thoughts. she'll be at home with her family instead of a hospital, for example. studies show in terms of the overall anxiety levels for the patient and family, even quality of care, can all be better, in fact, at home as opposed to in a hospital as long as the care is available at home. so she says she's going to be at home. a lot will be focused on what is known as palliative care. and not to sound too clinical but basically, the concerns about pain. the concerns about nausea or vomiting. the concerns about what will happen to her heart and lungs, all of that can be addressed so she can be comfortable and be interactive with her family be that will be the focus from what i heard from her statement and also, looking at studies of patients in this condition. it's focused on treating these types of the symptoms. >> to think about her kids, 10 and 12 -- i lost my dad at age
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10. it's a devastating impact on a child particularly that age. jessica, the -- i think some people would be surprised to hear john edwards is by her side. they are obviously estranged. do we know much about their relationship today? >> well, look, they're separated and not divorced and that is meaningful. the facts still are pretty painful. the last three years, she learned that she had a terminal illness. that her husband had a relationship with another woman that he lied to her about it. and that he was the father of this other woman's child. and remember, much of that soap opera was unfolding during the campaign while she was keeping up this brave public face, so plenty has been written and said about the private tension behind the scenes. truthfully, as devastating as all of that must be, we should remember they still live in the same area and part of the reason that he's been by her side is things took a turn for the worse is that we're told she generally thinks it's important that he has a strong relationship with his children. she knows she's not going to be around for long and she does not want to come between her
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children and their father. >> so sad. jessica, appreciate you being on sanjay as well. ahead, people waiting for life-saving transplants in arizona are being turned down. not for lack of donors but for lack of money. "keeping them honest." and next a confession in the murder that rocked a picture postcard town of celebration, florida. white picket fences and for the first time, yellow crime scene tape!
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tonight we're hearing from an accused mexican drug cartel hitman who isn't a man at all. a 14-year-old boy. that story coming up. but first, our "360 bulletin." the attorney for wikileaks founder julian assange says his client is meeting with police in britain, not because of his online posting of classified u.s. papers but an unrelated warrant involving a rape case in sweden which assange calls "a smear campaign." attorney general eric holder said he's authorizing significant action to investigate the document dump.
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police say a homeless man admits carrying out the first-ever homicide in celebration, florida, the town created by the disney company not far from disney world. the transient was receiving counseling from the victim. investigators believe the suspect bludgeoned the man to death with an ax. the hunt is on for a shark that killed a 70-year-old woman off the southern coast of egypt on sunday. two other sharks have been captured and killed but tourists are being ordered to stay out of the water until the shark they is responsible for the attack is found. and defense secretary, robert gates, says he's not optimistic that the ban on openly gay and lesbian troops in the military will be repealed by congress any time soon. democrats are hoping to end the "don't ask don't tell" policy before the lame-duck session wraps up. and alicia keys is back from the dead, digitally speaking. keys led a celebrity campaign to
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stage a digital death by staying off twitter, facebook and other social media until they could raise $1 million to fight aids in africa and india. e-online is reporting they met their goal after raising half a million from their fans and other stars. the rest came from a billionaire from the pharmaceutical industry which is one way to get people thinking the drug companies are good. >> joe, thank you very much. time for tonight's shot. hard to think of anything funny about wikileaks until the cast of "saturday night live" got on the case. imagine what it would be like if julian assange and his team were like these guys at tmz. take a look. >> our guys caught up with president hamid karzai last night. >> so obama was in afghanistan. did you get to see him? >> i did. >> did he ask you about all the bribery in your administration? >> sir, you forgot your briefcase. >> i do not take bribes --
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>> i wish we saw the guy who was harvey levin. the governor of arizona cut costs by cutting people from the chance of getting life-saving transplants. is the data he used to make the decision faulty? we're "keeping them honest." and later, josh duhamel speaks about getting off a plane break a rule everybody has to follow. why he's cleared for landing tonight on our rediculist. ♪ [ male announcer ] one hundred years ago, chevrolet sprang bolt by bolt, car by car, out of the very best america had to offer.
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tonight, cutting budgets and blaming obama care with the lives of low-income transplant patients hanging in the balance. as of october 1st, arizona stopped financing certain transplant operations under the state's version of medicaid. arizona governor, jan brewer, a republican, has reportedly blamed president obama's health care overhaul. but there's one problem. the vote on cutting transplant funding came before the president signed the bill into law. for people waiting for transplants, this is a life or death matter. this man, for instance, he's a 32-year-old father of four. his wife told us he needs a liver transplant. a friend whose wife died recently called and said she wanted to give him her live liver and they were a match. when he checked into the hospital according to his wife, he was told the transplant would no longer be covered and he needed to come up with $200,000
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in two how hours as a down payment on the $500,000 surgery. he couldn't come up with the money. the liver went to somebody else. doctors say without the transplant he has about two years to live. then there's mark price, the 34-year-old father of six. he needed a bone marrow transplant and doctors found a match but it was on the same day arizona's medicaid program stopped covering them. an anonymous donor stepped in offering to cover the costs, but price died on november 28th before the operation could be done. now, governor brewer said her heart went out to the price family but the cuts were necessary. >> the state only has so much money and we could only provide so many optional kinds of care. and those. >> reporter: one of options that we had taken liberty to discard, to dismiss. >> she said optional kinds of care. the question is are transplant optional? three national transplant organizations sent the governor a letter saying what she's done is a death sentence. quote, this baseless exclusion of coverage to arizona citizens for services representing the
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breast treatment options with end-stage organ failure to improve survival and quality of life respect tos a death sentence for many of these citizens of arizona. the question is how did governor brewer and the arizona state legislature arrive at the decision? it was after state officials looked at success and survival rights for transplant procedures but transplant groups say the data they looked at was faulty and outdated. the transplant group sent governor brewer a letter in june saying proposed changes to one type of heart transplant for example, were based on inadequate and discriminatory data. lung transplants were cut out entirely because arizona's version of medicaid said data showed the surgery didn't extend life expectancy. 66% of patients survive at least three years after having a lung transplant. brewer said she would consider restoring the transplant funding if she were provided ideas where to get the money. turns out she got some ideas. representatives from four arizona hospitals sent her a
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letter recommending other cost-cutting measures this they say could at least save the same amount if not more than cutting the transplants. they say they never heard back. as local transplant experts this group of doctors say they were not consulted in the first place and no one listened. what about federal stimulus money? could that be used? we were told that there are $30 million in federal stimulus dollars unaccounted for of the money that's been spent. $2 million went to fixing the roof at the coliseum which is a apparently, a rarely-used venue and $2.4 million went to algae research. what is this saving? it's $1.4 million a year. we asked governor brewer to come on the program tonight and she said she wasn't available tonight or for the entire rest of the month or the first half of january. the invitation stands. arizona state representative was available and she feels strongly about this. not only politically but personally as a transplant survivor. i talked to her earlier tonight.
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>> representative, you had a bone mayor roy transplant ten years ago and you said it saved your life. for you, is this what governor brewer calls "optional" type of care? >> definitely this transplant saved my life. i've had two transplants. i had a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant and i know for a fact without the transplants i wouldn't be here today. the transplants saved my life. transplants that people here in arizona need are not optional. these are actually life-threatening disease that they have and they definitely need a transplant in order to survive so in my eyes transplants are not optional. this is something they need in order to have a second chance at life. >> to be fair to the governor, no one is happy about the cuts. the argument is that the state's in bad financial shape and difficult cuts have to be made somewhere. do you buy that? >> i mean, arizona is no different than any other state
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in the nation. we face our deficit cuts. but the fact of the matter is, governor brewer and the republicans have chosen to cut over 400,000 people off health care and one of those being transplants. and at the time i mean, we had a choice to make and priorities and we could have chosen to cut tax loopholes for big businesses and for the rich. but their priority was cutting people's -- what they considered optional care which is not optional care for transplants. that i just find totally outrageous. >> it seems like the data used by the governor, the legislature, to make the decision on the cuts, it's been widely criticized by a lot of medical professionals and even some republicans are saying the data is potentially outdated and flawed. how did that happen? >> my bone marrow doctor has come forward along with many other physicians across the nation now, and have stated her
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and to other democrats and to republicans, that the information was flawed. yes, the information that we received. but to now, there's been nothing done as far as governor brewer or the republicans, to push forward in solving the solution. they made the mistake. they admitted to the mistake. but as of yet, no solution has been brought forward or action. >> you're calling for a special session from governor brewer to address these budget cuts. have you gotten any response from her? >> there's been no response from her regarding the special session. but actually, the easiest solution for her to take is to use some of her discretionary monies. $1.4 million, to be exact, out of $178 that she was awarded by the federal government, to use wisely. and that's going to be -- >> you're talking about stimulus funds? >> yes. stimulus funds. those can be used for those transplants to save almost 100 people's lives in arizona. >> she said she used up her
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stimulus funds. >> well, as of to date she's yet to account for the $30 million that she said she spent. so we've requested records. and she's yet to come forward with what she spent this money on. >> do you think there's hope for those people who are waiting and those people who are on a list and not going to be able to pay for it? >> really, no. if they're unable to raise the funds, they're not going to be able to get the transplant. but there are solutions. the governor could use her discretionary federal money. we can go into a special session and designate money to go back into these transplants and for people to have a second chance at life. this is a mandatory operation that they must have in order to live. >> and in terms of how much money we're talking about, what sums are we talking about? >> we're talking about $1.4 million. out of our state budget which is approximately $9 billion. so when you look at the scheme
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of things, $1.4 million to save over 100 people's lives in arizona, to me that's definitely money well worth it and well spent. >> thank you for coming on. >> thank you. we'll continue to follow that. coming up, "crime and punishment," a 14-year-old kid, an alleged drug cartel hitman. he says he's executed four people, slitting the throats of his victims. you'll hear from him and get an extraordinary look at how mexico's drug cartels seem to be luring young kids to do their dirty work. and actor josh duhamel flies no class and gets himself escorted off a flight. how he earned himself a spot on tonight's rediculist. she felt lost...
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tonight, frightening new evidence of the war next door. mexico's exploding drug violence has claimed more than 28,000 lives in just four years. imagine that. we're now hearing from an alleged assassin who's just been captured. he's not even old enough to drive a car and claims to be killing for several years now.
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we find out why he may not be alone in tonight's "crime and punishment" report. a teenage boy caught in the middle of a violent man's game. on the street, he's known as the one that the mexican authorities say he worked as a drug cartel hitman slitting the throats of his victims. how many people have you executed. >> four. >> how old are you? >> 14. >> reporter: in mexico, criminal suspects are routinely paraded before the news cameras and it was no different for this young boy. captured near mexico city at the airport with his sister. the teenager told reporters that he was trying to get to san diego, where he was born. he says a man called el negro forced him into the deadly drug cartel world. >> who picked you up? >> el negro. >> and he convinced you or he made you join this? >> he made me. >> what did he tell you? >> that either work or he'll kill me.
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>> reporter: the boy said he dropped out of school after the third grade. he says he started killing with the help of drugs. >> who gave you can orders to hit them, to execute them? >> el negro. >> where did you learn to execute? to beat? >> i got high. >> did you get drugged? >> el negro drugged me. >> since when did el negro drug you? >> since i was 12. >> you belong to the gang since you were 12? >> yes. >> reporter: the young boy says he was on the cartel's payroll making $500 a week. >> they use them like kleenex as they say in the business. you can just throw them away. >> charles bowden has documented the cartel's stranglehold on thousands of young kids and he recently wrote a book called "murder city" about the violence in juarez, mexico. >> you got to imagine being 11 or 12 and knowing you have no future. knowing your life is ruined. nothing will get better and here's your shot.
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go out and kill somebody and make some bucks and be a big guy for a while, all the while knowing you'll die. >> reporter: cartels have preyed on teenagers for years. bowden says they're recruited because they're not punished as severely if arrested and don't know enough to testify against cartel leaders. the authorities say it's not rare for teenagers to reach the level of assassin. two american teenagers in laredo, texas one convicted of murder two years ago. they were teenagers when they joined the zeta drug cartel, their faces and bodies with menacing tattoos. sinister-looking tattoos. they claimed in the videotape police interrogation, he started killing at age 13. >> i loved doing it. killing that first person, i loved it. i thought i was superman, he said. >> reporter: and that is the lure. the hope of becoming bigger than life and escaping the squalor around them.
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>> was this kid's route into the drug cartel or what we know about it, was it different than others who ended up there? >> well, what was interesting about what he said and basically what we have to go on is that those statements that he had made to reports after being arrested is that we know a lot of young kids are brought in to the drug cartel world and they start off as lookouts on street corners. they run small amounts of drugs across the border or sell drugs on a street corner. this kid said he was forced into it, essentially told if he didn't do it he would be killed so that sounds at least from what we know right now to be slightly different from other routes and other ways that other young kids have gotten into it. >> obviously in the united states you wouldn't parade a 14-year-old suspect in front of the media which is why we're covering the kid's face. do we know what happens to him now? >> well, he's going through the mexican legal process right now and there's a hearing today in mexico as to exactly how he'll be tried. he will not face the kind of
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consequences that he would have faced for similar crimes. from that standpoint it's possible that he could end up back out on the streets again. but what is fascinating about this world, anderson, i've had dea, officials tell why these kids get into this. me, they wonder do they ever stop and realize that you never meet any old, retired drug cartel members? this isn't the kind of lifestyle you kickback and retire from one day. >> a 12 or 15 year old from a poor background in mexico is not thinking too much about what happens at age 40. ed, appreciate your fascinating report. thanks so much. up next, fed's $110 billion headache. what caused a huge batch of brand new $100 bills to be quarantined? details ahead. and what did josh duhamel do on a plane that landed him on our rediculist tonight? the droid pro by motorola knows you need business on the go.
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joe johns joins us again. anderson, secretary of state hillary clinton met today in washington with south korean and japanese diplomats for talks on how to respond to north korea's recent attacks in nuclear arms proliferation. the three nations jointly condemned north korea and rejected the call by china to return to six-party talks to resolve the long-running conflict. california's long-running battle over same-sex marriage is back in the courtroom. a federal appeals court heard arguments on proposition 8 which bans such unions. a lower court court ruled prop 8 to be unconstitutional and the case is likely to reach the supreme court. stocks fell and the dow losing 26 points after fed chairman ben bernanke gave a pessimistic outlook about the nation's economy. here's what he said in an interview with "60 minutes." >> the peak and the end of last year we lost 8.5 million jobs. only gotten about a million back so far.
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and that doesn't account for the new people coming into the labor force. at the rate we're going it could be four or five years before we are back to a more normal unemployment rate. somewhere in the vicinity of say, 5 or 6%. >> it's being called the fed's $110 billion headache. more than a billion new $100 bills slated to be released next year have been kept back because of a printing problem that renders some of them useless. the new design was supposed to make them more resistant to counterfeiting. the ink on kelsey grammar's divorce isn't dry and he's engaged again to a 29-year-old british woman. his break up with his ex-wife who stars on "the real housewives of beverly hills" has yet to be finalized. i guess that's hollywood. time for our rediculist. our nightly journey through the valley of silly stuff.
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actor josh duhamel joins the list. -- josh duhamel, he got kicked off for not getting off the phone. he was the guy that won't turn off his blackberry before take-off. he kept texting away on the tarmac after they repeatedly asked him to shut it down. so the plane turned back to the gate at laguardia and he was escorted off. he told "access hollywood" the experience was quarterback quote, not my favorite moment. i'm sure the other passengers really enjoyed returning to the gate and having their flight delayed because he was texting his manager or chef or whatever. maybe it's because i fly often but i hate it when people are rude to flight attendants. they work hard and they have to work with grumpy passengers, not to mention egotistical anchors and actors. people who argue with airline personnel at the at the check-in counter or rental car agents or traffic cops. these folks aren't making the rules.

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